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Best Family Vacations in Europe

From Rome to Brussels, parents and children can find just the right European city to meet their interests — and U.S News can help. We combed through expert recommendations for and traveler opinions on family-friendly and affordable attractions, hotels and restaurants to bring you our recommendations on where in Europe to take the family. Vote below for the best spot, and use this list to get your vacation planning underway.

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Why go: Rome can be an excellent choice for families ... as long as they make smart hotel decisions. Pick a place near the beach to take advantage of the seaside while staying within easy reach of top attractions. Children and parents will especially love touring the Colosseum and climbing the Spanish Steps. Read More»

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Why go: From the London Zoo to the London Dungeon, Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station to the fire-eaters of Covent Garden, there's always something to see in London. London is known for its high price tags, but you can save on lodging if you're willing to stay further from the city center. Read More»

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Why go: Paris is not as kid-friendly as London, but youngsters will enjoy the funky fountains at the Centre Pompidou and the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. And let's not forget a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, which is made even better when the lights start to flicker. Read More»

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Why go: Madrid is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world, a place where children are welcomed and regarded as integral to custom and tradition. Plan on a soccer match at Bernabeu Stadium or a tour of the Royal Palace. When you need a break, relax at Retiro Park. Read More»

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Why go: Barcelona is better known for its rowdy nightlife, but there are several reasons for families to visit. Gaudí's artwork in Güell Park is sure to impress, as are the street performances along Las Ramblas. Plus, there's always the beach. Read More»

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Why go: Do your best to pass through Edinburgh during the annual Edinburgh Festival in August when the kids can try out their step-dancing skills to traditional bagpipe tunes. When the festival isn't taking place, stop by the ancient Edinburgh Castle or have a picnic in the Scottish Highlands. Read More»

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Why go: Ever-evolving Berlin becoming increasingly attractive to families. One of the most fascinating developments is the growth of "Kindercafés," trendy eateries that cater to children. While here, spend some time in the Tiergarten (a sprawling green space) and the Berlin Zoo. Read More»

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Why go: This beautiful Italian city offers an array of attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. When the kiddos get weary of museum-hopping through the Uffizi Gallery, stroll along the scenic Ponte Vecchio or follow your taste-buds to a gelato shop. Read More»

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Why go: Prague looks like it came straight from a fairy tale. Kids will get a kick out of hearing the Astronomical Clock chime, exploring Prague Castle or seeing the unique shape of the Dancing House. Meanwhile, parents will love the city's cultural heritage, tasty beer and reasonable price tags. Read More»

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Why go: Portugal's capital overflows with castles, cathedrals and ancient neighborhoods, allowing both kids and parents to feel as though they have been transported back in time. When the kids tire of cultural attractions, take a ride on Tram 28 or spend a day at the beach. Read More»

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Why go: Brussels is better suited than many other European cities for family travel. Must-sees include the Belgian Comic Strip Museum, where the kids can learn about their favorite cartoon characters, and the Atomium, which houses a scale model of Europe. Read More»

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Why go: Stockholm has a high number of museums for those families who favor discovery and exploration. Skansen (an open-air museum that features a zoo and an aquarium) will be of particular interest. This city can get expensive — to save without skimping, purchase a Stockholm Card. Read More»

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Why go: Sicily appeals to visitors of all ages. Families can hike Mount Etna's craters and relax on Mondello Lido's sands. There's also no shortage of historical attractions, including the Valley of the Temples and Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. Read More»

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